Monday, February 2, 2009

Costume Jewelry in Tough Economic Times

I found this on Style Observer. It is a brief history of one of the most famous costume jewelry designers of the 20th century, Miriam Haskell. The company is still in business today selling moderately priced items. But the pieces from the 20's and 30's that were personally designed by Miriam Haskell are highly collectible and pretty expensive. I wish I had purchased all of the ones I saw at flea markets 20 years ago! Apparently, during the Great Depression, well-crafted costume jewelry became very popular. Maybe that will happen again during our current global recession...a bit of good news for those of us who sell vintage jewelry or recycle vintage pieces into our own designs.

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